Mufti of Tatarstan Urges Calling ISIS Pseudo-Islamic State

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Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

19th May, 2016


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Mufti of Tatarstan Kamil Samigullin said that the use of the term “Islamic state” (banned in Russia as a terrorist organization) in the media is invalid. He stated this at the international KazanSummit 2016 forum. It discredits Islam, he said.

“When the media use the term “Islamic State”, it is emphasized that it is Islamic. I think it’s better to say “pseudo-Islamic State,” said Samigullin. They hide behind the rhetoric of our religion, although they are far from us, and discredit Islam”.

According to the Mufti, “it will take a very long time to restore the good name of Islam.” “I can’t predict how long it will take. It depends on how seriously we’ll approach it. It is necessary to conduct anti-propaganda”, he said. 

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